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QX60 Monograph set to show off new design direction for Infiniti's best-selling SUV

The Infiniti QX60 Monograph will show off a new design direction for the company's best-selling SUV.

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A new Infiniti QX60 is on the horizon. The luxury arm of Nissan will reveal a prototype version of the next-gen QX60 SUV on September 24.

Known as the QX60 Monograph, the one-off is a design study of the forthcoming three-row SUV. Automakers will typically showcase a design study to give buyers an idea of the direction of the new model ahead of a significant shift in design.

Last autumn, AutomotiveMap was one of the invited guests of Infiniti to see the new QX55 and QX60. No photos were allowed, but we were able to tell you what we saw.

The looks of the next-gen QX60 are more straightforward and muscular than the current model. The design is a true evolution and it fits in nicely with the looks of the QX55 and the QX80. This new model has its grille more upright and headlights that are narrow, with an overall look that may remind folks of the Hyundai Santa Fe. Infiniti used "masculine" when describing the aesthetic.

There were no powertrain details available though given the tenor of the presentation Infiniti was giving, it's likely the QX60 will have some element of electrification coming though the company has said that the model will not be electrified at launch. It will come standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.

The interior of the next-gen model is wholly different than the 2020 version. The thoroughly modern SUV features USB ports at its seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and two 12.1-inch infotainment screens that replace the current entertainment, information, and climate control center stack setup.

Its cabin is outfitted in fine appointments befitting a premium brand, including quilter leather.

Infiniti says that the model will feel wider than its predecessor.

Designers have given the model the ability to come with a two-tone paint job.

At its rear is new signature Infiniti badging with the word "Infiniti" making its way back onto the tailgate of the SUV. During the presentation, the crowd was teased with the possibility that the "I" in the Infiniti badging may be functional and serve as the vehicle's tailgate release.

More information on the QX60 Monograph will be available soon.

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The front of the concept is very EV in its design.

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The Honda SUV e:concept debuted in China this week signaling what's ahead for a future mass-production model of the Honda brand's first electric vehicle to be introduced in China. While what's sold in China doesn't always make it to American shores, there are a few things to be learned by taking a closer look at the concept.

We know that the vehicle's powertrain is electric. How many motors? What type of battery? How much power? In a nutshell, we have no idea. However, that could be where Honda's relationship with General Motors kicks in. A recent agreement to share platforms and co-build future vehicles builds on the electric vehicle platform sharing agreement the two automakers signed in April. In the first agreement agreement, Honda agreed to work with GM to develop two new electric vehicles based on GM's global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

Honda SUV e:concept The sloping roofline of the concept is indicative of another Honda model.Photo courtesy of Honda

The concept's sweeping looks are more crossover than SUV. While there's plenty of doubt that the model will be a two-door vehicle when it arrives in showrooms, its overall aesthetic is new for Honda, though it has hints of the current-generation CR-V and Accord in its nose.

The roofline of the SUV and side profile look a lot like the 2020 Honda Avancier, a true crossover that got its start as a station wagon and now sits as the company's flagship in China. If indeed this model is an electric Avancier, it means that the U.S. market is unlikely to see it.

From a business perspective, this makes sense. Electric vehicles are not nearly as popular in the U.S. as they are in China and Europe, where they have been regulated into residents' lifestyles. Additionally, the U.S. electric vehicle charging infrastructure leaves much to be desired.

2020 Honda Avancier

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Cars built for the Chinese market also do not have to meet the same strict safety testing standards as American vehicles so they can be made for less and sold for less. Upping to U.S. standards costs more and, when shipping and taxes are added in, the model may be priced out of sensibility for American Honda customers.

Wherever it's destined to go, the Honda will be a mass-production electric vehicle.

The company is committed to equipping the car with a number of safety technologies including omnidirectional advanced driver assistance systems, the next-generation Honda SENSING safety and driver-assistive system with improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance, as well as the next-generation Honda Connect, which features an AI assistant interface, smartphone link, and wireless updates.

Honda SUV e:concept The model features a unique black end with slim lights.Photo courtesy of Honda

Expect to see the next steps in the evolution of this concept in the coming year, even if it's just in spy photos.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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